Underwater Archaeologist, Department of the Navy

Underwater Archaeologist, Department of the Navy, closes March 4

This position is located in the Central Identification Laboratory (CIL), Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii.  The incumbent reports to the CIL Scientific Director and Deputy Director, and is responsible for designing, planning, and leading underwater archaeological investigation activities in accordance with the standard operating procedures of the JPAC-CIL.  In addition, the incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert in underwater mapping, remote-sensing data post-processing, and the application of geographic information systems, to enhance the command’s underwater archaeological investigation and recovery capabilities.

25 February 2011

1) University of Oxford, Research Assistant, From Sail to Steam: Health, Medicine, and the Victorian Navy, closes 18 March

Applications are encouraged from those with experience of working on the history of medicine or science, particularly within the modern European empires, but applications are also welcomed from those working or nineteenth-century naval, maritime or imperial history.

CFP: 2012 AIA Underwater Archaeology Colloquium

We would like to officially send out a call for papers for a colloquium session at next year’s 113th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting January 5-8, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The scope of submerged cultural heritage research has vastly expanded in the years since the first scientific excavations took place in the 1960s, and to celebrate the new directions of this field we are proposing a session based entirely on the work of graduate students and recent graduates. We hope that this will highlight the new possibilities in maritime archaeology, in addition to bringing together some of the foremost emerging scholars in the field. 
The working session abstract is below and we invite papers addressing a wide range of submerged heritage topics. The AIA does have limited funding available to bring scholars from overseas, so we hope to see submissions from across the world. As the deadline for submission to the AIA is drawing closer, we ask that you submit a 250 word abstract no later than March 6th so that we will have adequate time to review all the submissions before making our selections. We will notify you the results on or around the March 13th deadline.
Thank You,
Marilyn Cassedy (marilyn.cassedy@gmail.com) and Haley Streuding (hstreuding@yahoo.com)
Session Co-Organizers
Abstract: New discoveries and advances in archaeology have been made through taking to the seas and excavating submerged cultural heritage in all corners of the world. When George Bass, then a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, departed for Turkey in 1960, he could not have known the impact that the vessel at Cape Gelidonya, a small, Bronze Age shipwreck, would have on the archaeological community. In the last fifty years, and in particular at the 112th meeting of the AIA in San Antonio, this and other great achievements have been recognized as contributions that repeatedly illuminate trade networks, shipbuilding techniques, and a better understanding of the economy of the ancient world that cannot be found at terrestrial sites. But these are just a few examples.  As the field has developed, we have found that not only shipwrecks, but port structures, submerged cities, towns, settlements and even landscapes have the potential to open new lines of inquiry. Archaeology underwater has come to represent not only shipwrecks, but also the many and varied resources lakes, rivers and seas have to contribute to the field by enhancing our understanding of the past.
Standing as we are now on the shoulders of giants, it is imperative that we look to the future of maritime archaeology. This session will present the papers of students and recent graduates involved in innovative techniques and approaches aimed at analyzing and integrating submerged material culture into the published archaeological record. These emerging scholars will not only help us to reflect on the achievements of the past, but more importantly look to the distant horizon. These previous fifty years have brought us to a crossroads where information and technology are more available than ever before. The increased sophistication of available technology has led to an explosion of new data in the field. The brightest minds of the next generation of scholars are leading the way down new paths and uncovering previously impossible results. Maritime archaeology has evolved from imprudent inquiries into the mythical past into a truly interdisciplinary social science bringing together researchers from all over the world in the quest to fully understand a single shipwreck. A session devoted to these emerging leaders in the field will not only pay homage to the long journey that has brought us to this point, but also lead the way forward to the next set of questions and obstacles to be faced on the sea bed.

18 February 2011

1) Summer Internship Program 2011: Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea
Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn about museums and maritime history. We are seeking a select group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who are passionate about history and curious about museum work. See how the academic history you’ve studied is translated into public history at the nation’s fourth largest history museum. One to two days each week will be spent working closely with museum staff on a specific project or research topic. Go behind the scenes at other museums through weekly off-site field trips. A weekly discussion seminar, assigned readings, and presentations by Mystic Seaport leaders will introduce you to museum theory and current best practices. Two days each week (including one weekend day) will be spent interpreting exhibits, bringing what you’ve learned to a broad public audience. College or graduate credit is available through Trinity College or the University of Connecticut. This is a full-time, 10-week internship that pays a small stipend. On-site housing may also be available. Program runs mid-June to late-August. To apply, submit a completed application form, cover letter, and resume (or CV) to the address below. Application form at: www.mysticseaport.org/summerinternship. Priority consideration given to applications submitted by March 1. Applications submitted after that date will be considered as space allows. Phone interviews will be conducted in March with offers made by April 1. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Mystic Seaport is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Human Resources Department, ATTN: Internship Program, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355-0990.

Maritime Archaeology Field School

The Reitia Association ACD in collaboration with Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici and under the patronage of the Federazione Archeologi Subacquei – FAS, from the 19th to the 25th of June 2011 offers a Field School of Maritime Archaeology in the Area Marina Protetta of Capo Rizzuto (Crotone), Italy.
The field school is turned mainly both to Italian and foreign students and licensed in archaeology interested to be instructed in underwater archaeological documentation.

The course will take place during the research activity of the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici of the Università Ca’ Foscari on a Roman wreck with a marble cargo located at Punta Scifo near Capo Colonna. The researches have been  allowed by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Calabria and the Area Marina Protetta “Capo Rizzuto”.
The students will take part in the research activity on the wreck.
The field school will also host a lecture series with field school instructors and the scientific coordinators.
The field school is restricted to six students; participation can be competitive depending on the numbers of applicants who will be selected by their personal curricula. A scuba and a medical certificate are required.
At the end of the activities, the CMAS/ACDC internationl license of Underwater Archaeology (Archaeology Diver) and a certificate of attendance of the Ca’ Foscari University will be issued to the students.

Scientific direction:
Carlo Beltrame, lecturer in Maritime Archaeology
at the Università Ca’ Foscari and Salvatore Medaglia PhD
Secretariat and logistic organization:
Duilio Della Libera, Reitia Onlus.

Informations and applications: www.reitia.it; info@reitia.it; mobile 3384013220